Members of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center are dedicated to understanding the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance on wild vertebrate populations. Current lab projects are primarily focused on understanding the evolutionary implications of urbanization for wildlife and pest species in the New York City metropolitan area. We study urban populations as model systems of rapid microevolution, but also aim to provide data for urban conservation, restoration, and public health efforts. To this end we collaborate with local government agencies and non-profits. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects. The interviews and presentations below give a brief, non-technical introduction.
NEWS & NOTESRECENT / UPCOMING TALKS
11/04/2016: University of Toronto-Mississauga
11/21/2016: Brooklyn Historical Society
02/14/2017: Columbia University E3B
New paper on global phylogeography and admixture of brown rats published in Proceedings B. (click here for PDF) This paper was covered in The New York Times in a column by Carl Zimmer.
Jason spoke to local NPR affiliates in Seattle and New York City about increasing rat infestations around the country.
New preprint posted on diversity of urban carrion beetles in NYC, and 2nd version of preprint on signatures of selection and local adaptation in urban white-footed mice.
New review paper published on transcriptomics of Peromyscus (deer mice); PDF
New preprint posted on BioRxiv: Global population divergence and admixture of the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Lab's research on urban Peromyscus is mentioned in a New York Times essay
New paper published in Biology Letters that estimates the demographic history of urban white-footed mice using genomic data and coalescent modeling. This work was highlighted in Nature and on the LA Times Science Now section.
New paper published in Evolutionary Applications that uses ddRAD-Seq to examine genome-wide variation in white-footed mice along an urban-to-rural gradient.
New preprint posted to BioRxiv that 2) identifies outlier loci indicative of local adaptation in urban populations using selection scans and genotype-by-environment approaches.
Lab awarded a NSF MRI grant along with three colleagues to purchase a liquid-handling robot for the Louis Calder Center.
Lab awarded NSF DEB grant to study the cityscape genomics and adaptations of rats (Rattus norvegicus)! More details here and in a New York Times Magazine story.